WEATHER CAUSES DISRUPTIONS AGAIN IN JEREZ The second official Moto2 test at the Jerez circuit in Andalucia was a virtual washout, with rain disrupting the Marc VDS Racing Team's test schedule on each of the three days. Scott Redding arrived at...
WEATHER CAUSES DISRUPTIONS AGAIN IN JEREZ
The second official Moto2 test at the Jerez circuit in Andalucia was a virtual washout, with rain disrupting the Marc VDS Racing Team's test schedule on each of the three days.
Scott Redding arrived at Jerez determined to close the gap on the leading riders at the recent Valencia test, but the 17-year-old British rider's aim was thwarted when the extreme weather that has caused problems throughout Southern Europe meant conditions on track were less than ideal for fast lap times.
Instead Redding continued to refine the set-up of his Suter MMX Moto2 bike for the first two days, making the most of the infrequent partly dry sessions to evaluate changes to both chassis and suspension settings before, inevitably, being chased back to the Marc VDS Racing Team pit box by the return of the rain.
Redding managed to string together a succession of faster laps in wet conditions this afternoon, to move up to ninth position on the timesheet, just 1.5 seconds behind former MotoGP podium finisher, Alex de Angelis, who was fastest on track today.
For Vincent Lonbois the dismal weather conditions at Jerez made an already steep learning curve even steeper. The 19-year-old Belgian rider continued to adapt his riding style to get the best from his Suter MMX Moto2 machine and the Dunlop tyres. However, Lonbois' progress was handicapped by having to learn his way around the Jerez circuit and frequent interruptions to his test schedule because of the rain.
Like his teammate, Lonbois took advantage of the slightly improved conditions this afternoon to set his fastest lap of the test, finishing in 20th position on the timesheet as the afternoon session was brought to a close.
With rain disrupting both official Moto2 tests so far this year, the Marc VDS Racing Team will return to Jerez for further testing next week, in a bid to make up for the all-important track time lost to the weather.
Scott Redding #45
Best Time 1'57.171
"We've not really managed to accomplish very much during these three days at Jerez, mainly because of the continual rain. Whenever the rain stopped we'd head out on track, only to be chased back to the pit box when it started again. Even when it stopped raining long enough for the track to start drying out, there were loads of damp patches ready to catch you out. The constant interruptions meant it was impossible to settle into a rhythm on the bike, but we did manage to try a few different settings in between the rain showers. All in all, this test has been a bit of a washout. The plan now is to come back next week, when I hope the weather will have improved, as we definitely need a bit more time on the bike before the start of the season."
Vincent Lonbois #27
Best Time 2'01.462
"This is my first time at Jerez, so the first day was all about learning the track. I like the circuit, but it would have been nice to ride it in the dry at least once during these three days here! Despite the rain, I feel like I have a lot more confidence in both the bike and the tyres, which will only help things when we eventually do get to test in proper dry conditions. The learning curve still looks steep, but with more testing to come before the start of the season, I'm confident that we can progress further up the timesheets."
Michael Bartholemy - Team Manager
Moto2 Team Manager
"We started testing later than most of the other Moto2 teams, but we were sure that we would be on the same level by now. Unfortunately, the weather at the two official Moto2 tests so far has been so bad that it's severely limited our track time and we're not exactly where I hoped we'd be at this point in the season. Scott and Vincent have worked well here in Jerez, but it's been difficult for them to push as hard as they need to, because track conditions just weren't suited to fast lap times. Scott certainly has the potential to run at the front from the first race, but to realise this potential so early in the season we must get more track time. For this reason, we will return to Jerez to test again next week, when we hope the weather will be much improved."
-source: marc vds